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  • Bass of the Week: Carvin SB4000

    Bass of the Week: Carvin SB4000

    In 2009, Carvin teamed up with Sekou Bunch to create the SB4000, a bass the company says was designed with “vintage vibe.” The U.S.-made bass is a 4-string, though a 5-string SB5000 is available with many of the same specs. Standard features on the SB4000 include an alder body, eastern hard rock maple neck, and... »

  • Dean Unveils John Entwistle Hybrid 5-String Bass

    Dean Unveils John Entwistle Hybrid 5-String Bass

    Dean unveiled several new basses at NAMM this year including a 5-string version of the John Entwistle Hybrid bass. Sharing many of the features of the 4-string Hybrid, The Ox’s new signature model sports bolt-on construction with an alder body and a maple “C”-shaped neck. Other features include a pair of EMG HZ Humbucker pickups,... »

  • Alfons Åberg Fusion: Swedish TV Theme Song Cover

    Alfons Åberg Fusion: Swedish TV Theme Song Cover

    This is cool. Dirty Loops, anchored by bassist Henrik Linder, is already inspiring other bands to take on tunes and make them their own. Here’s Alfons Åberg Fusion, a trio featuring bassist Oskar Alex, keyboardist/vocalist Andreas Eklundh Pejler and drummer Oscar Lundström, performing their arrangement of a Swedish kid’s TV show theme song. Tight! »

  • ESP Unveils LTD Elite Basses

    ESP Unveils LTD Elite Basses

    ESP has introduced a new line in their products called the LTD Elite series, which splits the difference price and quality between ESP’s high-end instruments and their more affordable LTD line. The new line is built in Japan and are based on the company’s most popular ESP models, including two basses: the J-4 and J-5.... »

  • Basses and Skill: Stick to One or Diversify?

    Basses and Skill: Stick to One or Diversify?

    Q: Is there any benefit in mastering two (or more) types of basses? I have a 5-string fretted that is my primary instrument, and that’s the one I take out of the “shed.” After finding a great deal on a fretless 4-string at a pawnshop, my thought was this bass would be perfect for playing... »

  • Johan Hansén-Larson: Joy Spring

    Johan Hansén-Larson: Joy Spring

    Sometimes some really great musical moments can come out of just jamming along to a backing track. Here’s Johan Hansén-Larson having some fun with an Aebersold recording of the classic Clifford Brown tune “Joy Spring.” »

  • Orange Amplification Announces DIVO VT1000 Valve Tester

    Orange Amplification Announces DIVO VT1000 Valve Tester

    Orange Amplification has released the DIVO VT1000 Valve Tester, an automatic tube tester that performs a host of diagnostics on both preamp and power amp tubes. The unit has one octal and two nine pin valve sockets to fit different types of tubes. Once inserted, the user presses the start button and the tests are... »

  • Ari Kaplan & Steve Metcalf: “Sugar in My Bowl” (Nina Simone Cover)

    Ari Kaplan & Steve Metcalf: “Sugar in My Bowl” (Nina Simone Cover)

    Bassist Steve Metcalf usually blows us away with his incredible all-bass arrangements, which are stellar (and worth viewing). This time around, Steve impresses with his skills in a duo setting with guitarist/vocalist Ari Kaplan, performing Nina Simone’s “I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl”. Not only do they nail it, Steve also throws in... »

  • Olivier Babaz Releases “Midnight Cafeine”

    Olivier Babaz Releases “Midnight Cafeine”

    Bassist Olivier Babaz has released his first trio album entitled Midnight Cafeine. Featuring pianist Sylvain Ransy and drummer Mark Nelson, the 10-track effort includes lots of creative interplay between the musicians. Babaz, who composed all the songs on Midnight Cafeine, utilizes both upright and electric basses throughout the album to create unique textures in the... »

  • Ampeg Introduces PF-800 Bass Amp

    Ampeg Introduces PF-800 Bass Amp

    Ampeg has expanded their Portaflex Series with the PF-800. At 800-watts the bass head is the strongest in the line while only weighing 11.8 pounds. Similar to the rest of the line, its compact design allows it to be stowed inside the Portaflex PF flip-top cabinets. Features on the new amp include classic hi/lo boosts,... »